Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

In most of America, Thaddeus Kosciuszko's name is not only hard to pronounce, but it is also unfamiliar. Kosciuszko came to America late in 1776 to help create an enduring nation because of his recognition that freedom is a fundamental human right. He is considered a genius in constructing fortifications and was instrumental in bringing the British forces under General John Burgoyne to a complete halt at Saratoga, leading to the destruction of the British Army. Kosciuszko also designed and constructed the defenses at West Point, which effectively cut the British fleet off from rampaging up and down the Hudson River. After the American Revolution, he returned to Poland to seek its independence from Czarist Russia but was wounded and returned to America to recuperate in the building that is his memorial. The Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Philadelphia is an honorarium for his contributions to the American Revolution.

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Though the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is only 0.2 acres in size, it packs a considerable amount of information about what it was like to be a patriot during the American Revolution. The memorial is the house Kosciuszko stayed in to recuperate from his wounds received during the conflict for the independence of Poland. Here, he was visited by such luminaries as Thomas Jefferson and Chief Little Turtle of the Miami people. At this reconstructed building, you enter Kosciuszko's quarters as it was in 1797-98 and discover documents telling the story of his contribution to the Revolution. Walk up the stairs to view a video of Kosciuszko's life as a patriot and revolutionary, not only in America but also in Europe.

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How To Get To Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

To get to the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Monument from the site of the Continental Army's first victory in Trenton, NJ, get onto United States Highway 1 South (US-1 S) and drive for 7.13 miles. Then, merge onto Interstate 295 West (I-295 W) and go for 5.33 Miles. Stay straight as the road becomes Interstate 95 South (I-95 S) and travel another 17.82 miles to Exit 22. At Exit 22, turn right and follow the signs to Independence Hall. You can park anywhere near Independence Hall, as the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is a short walk away.

The Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is open year-round. Parking is sometimes difficult. The recommendation is to park and walk from one of the many parking garages around Independence Hall.


301 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Fee: Entry fee $0

The Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is a small part of the Philadelphia experience. Its importance lies in the commemoration of a man who came to America to support the freedom of others. Once you see this memorial, you realize the importance of the efforts of each person to build, maintain, and keep a free society. You and your family will take these memories home with you and find inspiration in them for those trying times that always come later. To get the most of your trip to the memorial, rent an RV from RVshare and enjoy all the comforts of home on the road.